The Court as Employer
The Court employs approximately 105 people in 30 job classifications, ranging from clerical support to professional level positions. Court employees support a total of 14 judicial officers. As of January 1, 2001, the Court became an employer, separate from the County of Marin or the State of California. Court employment is governed by the Trial Court Employment Protection and Governance Act and is not covered by Civil Service Rules.
The Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from all persons regardless of their race, ethnic background, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or disability.
County of Marin
The County of Marin has a population of approximately 257,000 and covers 521 square miles. One of the nine Bay Area counties, Marin County is linked to San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge and to the East Bay by the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The county is recognized as one of the most enjoyable living areas in the country and has many state, county and city operated parks and recreational facilities, including China Camp State Park, Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Court is housed in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center.
For more information about the employment process, benefits of employment and professional development opportunities at the Court, please see the specific links below.
- Employment Process
Completed applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on the final filing date specified on the job announcement. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of applications; however, applicants may submit resumes along with their completed applications.
Examination and Selection
All completed application materials will be reviewed after the final filing date to determine if each applicant meets the stated desirable qualifications for the position. Applicants should take note that possession of the desirable qualifications is not necessarily a guarantee of further advancement in the employment process.
Based upon the information provided in application materials, the most qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the examination may consist of application screening, written test, performance or practical exam, oral interview, or any combination thereof.
An eligibility list is then established by ranking candidates according to their overall score in the examination process. The eligibility list generally remains valid for up to six months and appointments are made from this list to fill all vacant positions in that classification.
Salary Policy and Probationary Period
Appointments are usually made at the first step of the salary range. Depending on the position, candidates must successfully complete a probationary period of six or twelve months. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, newly hired employees achieve regular hire status.
- Employee Benefits
The Court offers medical, dental and vision insurance coverage to employees and their dependents. There are Kaiser and Blue Cross medical plans to choose from, a dental plan provided by Delta Dental, and a vision plan provided by Vision Services Plan. Full-time employees receive a generous contribution to health insurance benefits while regularly scheduled part-time employees receive a prorated amount of the benefit contribution.
Life and Disability Insurance
The Court provides a mandatory, basic term life insurance plan in the amount of $10,000, payable to a designated beneficiary. The Court also offers optional supplemental term life insurance, dependent life insurance and long-term disability insurance. For some employee groups, there is mandatory participation in the State Disability Insurance program.
Holidays and Paid Time Off
Full-time employees receive eleven (11) paid holidays per year and, depending on the position, earn paid time off at a minimum rate of fourteen days per year for the first two years, with increases at designated intervals in subsequent years, based on employment longevity.
Full-time employees accrue twelve (12) days of sick leave per year, which may accumulate on an unlimited basis. Upon retirement, eligible employees may convert 75% of their unused, accrued sick leave balance to retirement service credit.
Flexible Spending Plans
All employees are eligible to participate in a voluntary flexible spending plan which reimburses up to $5,000 per year for qualifying dependent care expenses and $3,050 per year for qualifying medical expenses.
Marin County Retirement Plan
Court employees participate in the County of Marin's defined benefit retirement plan under the 1937 County Retirement Act. The specific plan depends on the employee’s hire date and provisions of the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). All full-time employees and part-time employees who work a minimum of three-fourths time are enrolled in the plan. Plan benefits are based on age at time of retirement, years of service and compensation. The county retirement plan has reciprocity with other 1937 Act Retirement System organizations and California Public Employee Retirement System (Cal PERS.) Neither the Court nor the employee contributes to the federal Social Security system, but employees are required to withhold Medicare contributions.
Deferred Compensation Plan
All court employees may participate in a voluntary Internal Revenue Code Section 457 deferred compensation plan paid 100% by the employee.
Tuition Reimbursement Program
The Court offers a Tuition Reimbursement Program to employees who enroll in approved training courses or classes that directly relate to their present positions with the Court, or which may make employees more upwardly mobile in the Court. The Court's reimbursement program pays up to 50% of registration fees and materials, provided employees are pre-approved for their educational expenses and there are sufficient funds available in the Court's budget.
Employee Training and Development Program
The Court is committed to a continuous learning environment where employees are encouraged to improve their knowledge and skills throughout their careers with the Court. Onsite programs are offered in such areas as Customer Service, Safety and Ergonomics in the Workplace and Using Microsoft Office Applications. The Court also is involved in regional and statewide training networks with other courts and professional organizations, making it possible for staff to participate in enriched training in particular functional areas of court processing.